During the height of Bugzy Malone and Chip‘s beef during the summer of 2015, a name cropped up that he hadn’t heard for a long time – Ice Kid [“Ice Kid’s evil bars are better than yours” – Chip spat on the now infamous ‘Run Out Riddim‘]. For those new to grime, Ice Kid and Chip, then known as Chipmunk first made an impact as guests of Wiley to spit on Tim Westwood‘s 1Xtra show and took the UK by storm. Both young, 16 and 15 respectively, the two rappers showed their maturity on the mic and still remains one of the most talked about Westwood freestyles of all time. While Chipmunk made waves with tracks like ‘Who Are You‘ and ‘Chip Diddy Chip‘, Ice Kid released ‘My Yout‘ alongside Sickman [who also showed great promise] and UK legend Stylo G. But as Chip teamed up with Chris Brown and took to the US for, shall we say a less than successful, stint with T.I’s Hustle Gang, Ice Kid slipped into the shadows and almost became a myth within the UK scene. Some joked that he wanted “moved to Ireland and started a family” while others thought that he had fallen out of the love with the scene. But then, that “Culture Clash” moment happened.
Last month, as four crews fought for Culture Clash crown, Stylo G came out in support of Dre Skull‘s Mixpak alongside J Hus, Big Narstie and Popcaan. Then someone ran on stage and Twitter blew up – it was Ice Kid and Chip‘s face, there on behalf of Eskimo Dance was priceless. The picture of Chip’s bemusement circulated social media and the theory mill began on Ice Kid’s intentions. In an interview with MOBO after the event, he was asked if he had been watching Chip in his absence;
“I watched him on his journey from the beginning and it is amazing what he has accomplished. People are always trying to make it look like we are rivals but it is nothing but respect”.
And it seems the story has come full circle as Link UP TV released a video this evening entitled ‘Where’s Ice Kid At?‘ featuring both Ice Kid and Chip. The track sees both rappers letting loose over a heavy bass production with both looking to one up each other with hard lyrics [“Me and Ice could of posted a pic, said fuck that, music comes first, lets go!“] The track was released alongside his latest project, 11, which will also feature ‘A.T.M‘ which Ice Kid dropped via SBTV last week.